Wilderness Paperback – 1 Sep 2011
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The boys' mother, Sandra, decides to take the boys somewhere else during the visit by Grainne's mother, and arranges a holiday in Finland for herself and the boys. They are going to have a grand adventure. This story is told in alternating chapters as Tom and Johnny become acquainted with sled dogs and their handler and then go off into the wilderness on an exciting dog sled ride to a remote lodge. And as Grainne nervously waits for the arrival of her birth mother.
The boys are excited about the chance to help feed and water the sled dogs, and to help with camp chores. They are having a grand time, until their mother disappears. Her lead dog is a rogue who decides to go his own way, and she becomes lost in the cold, snowy uninhabited forest. It is dark, and the sled tips over and injures Sandra. She can't get back on the sled, or get the dogs under control.
The boys decide to take a team of dogs and sled and search for their mother on their own, and they sneak out of the lodge and harness the dogs. It's dark and cold, with deep snow, and the trail is not clear, but their lead dog seems to know where he is going...or does he?
Tween readers can relate to the realistic characters and their emotions as Roddy Doyle tells this dramatic story in sparse, simple language, while keeping the tension high.Read more ›
Now, I'm no Roddy Doyle devotee (I've never even wanted to read any of his work before) so if you're looking for a Doyle fan's perspective, some of the other reviews might help you more.
What I can say is that when reps leave novels for us I rarely finish them and never enjoy them, but I did enjoy this - a lot.
A previous reviewer mentioned that there is little of Roddy Doyle's humour in the novel, and well, I guess he's right. There aren't any jokes. Where I disagree with the previous reviewer is his assessment of the parallel storylines. I felt that they worked brilliantly. I wanted to know about the boys. I wanted to know about their sister. I found that my interest in both story lines was maintained throughout. And the two ideas are cleverly linked.
For me it was just subtle enough, and Doyle fills this book with subtle portrayals of character delivered in precise uncomplicated prose. Most teenage fiction misses the mark for me, but I believed this. It was great.
I picked this up (having forgotten about it on Monday, by Wednesday night I'd finished it. Now I am a bit of a soppy 'eejit' I admit, but the end to this book made me cry.
School reading list, here we come! - given a fair wind and a bit of leeway in the budget at least.
One of the best!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Easy to read with engaging characters you care about. And clever dogs to boot. What's not to like in this book.Published 20 months ago by PEANUT
Less suspense than expected... a bit uneventful and...well...dull! Nothing really happens until halfway! I am somewhat rather dissappointed! Do not be mislead by the blurb!Published on 18 July 2014 by C. Cullen
This is a fun, dramatic and informative story about two boys and their mother who go on a trip to Finland. The huskies who pull sleds are the big source of attraction for the lads. Read morePublished on 20 April 2014 by Clare O'Beara
Not only vivid, but beautifully written, you could see hear and imagine being there, I will be reading more books from this authorPublished on 8 Mar. 2014 by teresa
excellent !!!! what a fabulous hot water dispenser-save time,money,no,mess.my daughter loves using it for tea,coffee,hot chocolate,cup-a-soup etc. Read morePublished on 12 Dec. 2013 by tink
A really well thought out and useful educational tool. The contents were well set out and the Assessment section was especially useful.Published on 12 Mar. 2013 by K & J Moxham Ltd Book Supplier
I enjoyed the book and thought it was very adventurous.
I would recommend the book for 9+ because it gets quite worrying in places
Wilderness is a great story with a fantastic story line.The book is about two boys and their mother who go to Finland on holiday,while their half sister stays behind to meet her... Read morePublished on 20 Aug. 2011 by ad31
First, I should tell you something about me. Well, I am a complete dog-freak. Anything dog I will read, watch or do. I have a dog-a rescue dog who is a Labrador cross. Read morePublished on 5 Feb. 2011